The public often assumes that scientists are atheists. The reality, however, is more complex.
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Two sociologists conducted interviews with atheist scientists and found that their views on religion are not as strident as the public perceives. Some even go to church.
Eunice Foote described the greenhouse gas effects of carbon dioxide in 1856.
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The results of Foote’s simple experiments were confirmed through hundreds of tests by scientists in the US and Europe. It happened more than a century ago.
In 1872, John Gast painted ‘American Progress,’ showing trains and roads spreading across the American West.
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Government investment in roads, railroads and other public services has always involved social programming, both for good and for ill.
The power grid in Texas provides a stark lesson in the balance between efficiency and resilience.
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Disasters highlight the cost of society’s love of efficiency. Nature, in contrast, favors resilience. Being more like nature offers benefits for society, especially in the face of the climate crisis.
Maker spaces give engineers and designers the tools to build low-cost medical equipment using locally available materials.
Brandon Martin, Rice University
Engineering students in Malawi and Tanzania have used the materials and tools available to them to build ventilators, personal protective equipment and UV disinfection systems.
Price gouging during disasters further shuts out those living in poverty.
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Some economists have defended price gouging, saying it helps increase supply and prevent against hoarding. An ethicist suggests this might be missing the point.
Single and happy on Valentine’s Day/
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Not everyone wants romantic partnership and many singles find more happiness and autonomy in their solo life.
Clear skies over Los Angeles, April 17, 2020.
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From Nairobi to Los Angeles, pandemic lockdowns have cleared pollution from the skies. But those blue vistas may be temporary, and shutdowns aren’t slowing climate change.
Our expedition drilled into the recently discovered underwater continent of Zealandia, revealing a new picture of the violent geological forces that created it.
Modern cars are safer than this – but not because auto companies got more ethical.
Of course people need ethics. But the current troubles in the technology industry are not evidence of an ethics crisis; it is a public-policy crisis.
Mural at Rockaway Brewing Company in Long Island City, Queens, New York, a longtime industrial and transportation hub that now is rapidly redeveloping.
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Many homes, parks and businesses in US cities stand on former manufacturing sites that may have left legacy hazardous wastes behind. A new book calls for more research into our urban industrial past.
The Big Brown coal plant in Fairfield is among the Texas power stations that have been shut down.
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A study of the social cost of carbon emitted by the shrinking fleet of Texan coal plants suggests that closing more of them down would be good for the climate and public health.
One historic handshake in Helsinki.
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Not only does U.S. law bar price-fixing, there are bipartisan efforts underway to make it possible to sue OPEC members in American courts for antitrust violations.
Vladimir Putin, autographing a natural gas pipeline in Vladivostok.
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Even if Asia buys most of the natural gas the U.S. will be exporting soon, America’s growing role in that market could wind up reducing Russia’s political influence in Europe.
Should the future of voting look more like the past?
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Have you ever struggled to understand exactly what to do inside a voting booth?
Hurricane Harvey from the International Space Station on August 28.
Three atmospheric scientists from Texas say Hurricane Harvey shows how the country needs to adapt to the effects of climate change and cut carbon emissions.
Where are all the people in this factory?
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The Industrial Revolution led to centuries of social and economic upheaval. Are economists telling us not to worry about workplace automation because things will be better in a couple hundred years?
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck, left, and Mayor Eric Garcetti pose next to an all-electric car in this 2015 photo.
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More than 200 mayors have committed their cities to stick with the Paris climate deal no matter what the US does. Electric vehicles offer a promising route to making good on that pledge.
Couple using in-home blood pressure monitor.
Digital devices can make a real difference in treating chronic diseases. But many who have these conditions are poor, and they often cannot afford the devices.
Who’s in the driver’s seat?
Matthew Jude Brown, Alexander Torrenegra
To maximize the benefits while minimizing the risks, we need to know how ride-share companies will affect public transportation.